Linden Blossom Absolute Essential Oil

Type of plant: Tall deciduous tree growing to 80 feet high with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small, fragrant, creamy-colored flowers

Part used: Flowers

Method of extraction: Solvent and CO2 extraction; maceration

Data: Commonly known as the lime tree. The flowers are made into a tea, which calms, aids sleep, and helps in cases of nervousness. The honey produced by bees attracted to the flowers is valued for its sedative properties. The tree can live for 800 years, and in Europe avenues of the trees are often found in municipal parks and in the grounds of stately homes.

Principal place of production: France

When buying look for: Slightly viscous, greenish-yellow to dark-yellow-brown liquid with a light, warm, sweet, floral aroma

Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, calmative, emollient, expectorant, nervine, sedative

Therapeutic uses: Nervous tension, nervous spasm, muscular spasm, insomnia, emotional crisis, stress- and anxiety-related conditions; soothing, calming

Blends well with: Balsam de Peru, benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, cananga, cinnamon leaf, coriander seed, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lime, mandarin, may chang, neroli, orange (sweet), petitgrain, rose absolute, rose otto, sandalwood, spikenard, valerian, ylang ylang, yuzu

Precautionary advice: Avoid during pregnancy. GRAS status.